RATINGS: 555   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Never Summer Ale is a bold new look at winter beers: gutsy, full-bodied and an aggressive fusion of secret spices. Like the first run of the day, this ale is deep and clean, crisp and drinkable, perfectly blended for a smooth ride...through the Looking Glass. Grains: British Dark Caramel Malt, U.S. 2-row Barley. Hops: Nugget, Willamette, Cascade and Top-Secret Brewmaster's Spice.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DocK (11) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 25, 2011
This is a Winter Ale. Malt: caramel, cereal, molasses Hops: perfume, spruce, herbs Color: amber Initial: medium sweetness, light bitterness Finish: medium bitterness, medium sweetness Finish Duration: average Body: medium Texture: thick Carbonation: average Finish: bitter

ClassyBeagle (376) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 23, 2015
From NOTES. A: A nice caramel malt aroma with notes of spices, toffee, and hint of dark fruit. Some nuttiness also. A: Dark, clear amber; minimal head and lacing. T: Bitter hops and plenty of spice. Hop flavor overpowers the well done subtleness of the spice. The malt balance is way overpowered. P: Light to medium body. O: A fine winter beer, albeit a little strong on the hops.

Bosco (356) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - FEB 10, 2015
Pours brown amber with a red hue. Bubbly tan head and sticky lacing. Aroma of bread dough. Nice, mild bitterness up front. This long forgotten bottle escaped my attention in the back of the fridge. Best by date: 3/22/13 - Consumed on 2/11/15. Beer held up remarkably well considering how old it is. No noticeable particulate floating and almost no sediment at the bottom. Will have to try a fresher one soon.

Joel (114) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 20, 2015
Very subtle spice and hops flavors. Well balanced with a slight hop finish. This is a lighter, less aggressive take on a spiced winter beer.

ChadPolenz (1847) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - DEC 23, 2014
This is another re-review beer for me. I originally drank this nearly five years ago and it was apparently a winter warmer at the time. This year’s edition seems to be a to-spec Amber Ale (BJCP style 10B), and works well as such even if there’s no spiciness. It does have a malt and hop combination that create for a palette vaguely similar to that of winter warmer, and that’s good enough for me.

I poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. There was no freshness date and it cost $2.65 ($0.22 per ounce).

Appearance: Clear but dark copper/mahogany hue. Pours to a small, off-white, foamy head which and retains fairly well.

Smell: Strong sensation of specialty malt (with caramel notes) as well as citrusy hops.

Taste: Like any good amber ale, Boulder’s Never Summer Ale is not just malt-forward, but specialty malt-forward. Right away there’s a strong taste of caramel and toffee. They’re sweet to be sure, but not sickly sweet. Not surprisingly, there’s a strong hop presence to balance the maltiness. A combination of familiar West Coast-style citrusy hops along with subtle, spicy, almost spruce-like hop flavor and bitterness can be found throughout the palette (though there’s a significant bitterness around the middle of the swig). I also notice a mild coffee presence here as well, maybe even some toast with marmalade as well. Overall, it’s a really interesting and enjoyable palette. I’m not sure what’s so wintery or “Christmasy” about it, though; this would work well as a year-round offering.

Drinkability: Sweet beers tend to be a little clingy – literally. In the case of Boulder Never Summer Ale, it’s a bit of an anomaly. The mouthfeel is crisp, but relatively thick with a smooth texture. There’s a lingering bitterness initially, but it fades and leaves an aftertaste akin to that of iced coffee. At 6.5% ABV it definitely has the full-bodied taste and intensity you expect and want in a beer of this genre.

slowrunner77 (13206) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 17, 2014
"smooth and complex...and pleasantly hoppy, this was my best new find of the 2007 holiday season. missed it this year, but it’s worth searching out. Good stuff! Recent years, 2012 included, a little lacking."

Darkmagus82 (2303) - - OCT 8, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 1-6-14- Served on nitro-tap in a pint glass Appearance – The beer is served with a brownish colored body filed with tons of nitro bubbles. The cascade of bubbles slowly lifts from the bottom of the glass revealing a copper colored body. A thick foamy head sits upon the top of the brew, very slowly fading to leave some foamy lace on the sides of the glass. Smell – The aroma of the beer is biggest of a sweeter caramel smell with some roasted malt aromas. Along with these smells are some notes of hop with a slightly earthy and grassy smell. Taste – The taste begins a roasted malt and toasted cracker flavor mixed with a bit of a caramel sweetness. At the start there are some lighter hop flavors of an earthy nature. The earthy hop grows stronger throughout the taste all while the caramel sweetness seems to fade. Some other hop flavors of grass and pine later come to the tongue at the end, and with a bit of toffee sweetness and a slight increase in the roasted and cracker flavors of the brew, one is left with a slightly drier, moderately hopped, toasted cracker flavor to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel - Being a nitro pour the brew had a nice creamy and thicker feel on the tongue. The thicker and creamier body were fairly nice for the hoppy flavors of the brew, really accentuating them on the tongue, although a bit for prickliness form carbonation may have been slightly better for the malt flavors of the beer adding a bit of excitement to the cracker and roasted flavors. Overall – An alight brew overall, but nothing super exceptional and one I think would actually have been better on traditional tap, not nitro.

swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAY 24, 2014
bottle. amberish pour, medium body. caramel maltiness, some winter spices, nothing terribly exciting but drinkable

rumproasts (6052) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 21, 2014
bottle. amber with small head. caramel malt base. some winter spice. i feel like i’ve had variations of this beer dozens of times. averageish.

MarkSachon (1062) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 11, 2014
Nitro tap sampler at The BeerHive in Pittsburgh and a 12 oz bottle at home from Giant Eagle. Not much difference between the two. Crisp for sure, but could have had more punch on the spices. Smooth going down with a pleasant aftertaste.

beerbrains (26) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 2, 2014
Aroma: Barely there just a little citrusy. I expected caramel but I cannot sense it Appearance: This is a nice looking beer. Pours red/brown with a nice frothy head Taste: Heavy on the sweetness with just a little caramel flavor Palate: full bodied oily texture Overall: Not very drinkable - too sweet with an odd finish

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